Sun exposure, aging, and other environmental factors can damage your skin and mar your complexion. Lotions and serums can offer temporary relief, but wrinkles and other imperfections require something more powerful. If you want a long-term solution to dull, uneven skin, laser skin resurfacing can help.
The Skin Clinic offers HALO®, Contour TRL, Morpheus, and other laser skin resurfacing options in Charleston, SC. Our specialists have the tools you need to rejuvenate your skin and give it a natural glow.
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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a nonsurgical med spa procedure that uses light beams to remove the outermost layer of damaged skin. As old cells are removed, healthy tissue is revealed, and the skin appears firmer, smoother, and rejuvenated. When used on the face, laser skin resurfacing can treat issues such as wrinkles, scars, and acne marks. Other skin issues laser skin resurfacing can treat include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Enlarged pores
Because these lasers are extremely precise, they work well for treating delicate areas such as the eyes and mouth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Because laser treatments are so versatile, they are safe for a wide range of skin types and colors. If you struggle with uneven skin tone, discoloration, or stubborn fine lines, laser skin resurfacing can help.
Laser skin resurfacing is not ideal for men and women who suffer from chronic cold sores or fever blisters. Discuss any preexisting medical issues with your doctor prior to scheduling treatment.
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What Is the Best Laser for Skin Resurfacing?
We use a variety of devices to perform laser skin resurfacing, and each one is ideal for a unique set of concerns. Your provider will recommend the best device for your specific skin type and goals, which may include:
- HALO: This hybrid fractional laser combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to maximize results while minimizing downtime.
- Morpheus8: This combination of microneedling and radiofrequency energy delivers resurfacing and dermal remodeling for the face and body.
- Contour TRL: Ideal for more advanced signs of aging, this tunable laser removed layers of aged or damaged skin.
- MicroLaserPeel: Treat sun damage and texture concerns with this popular resurfacing option.
- NanoLaserPeel: Opt for a gentler alternative to the MicroLaserPeel with this more superficial approach.
What Happens During a Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Session?
The treatment experience varies depending on the device, but most procedures begin with an application of a topical numbing cream to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. Some lasers penetrate beneath the skin to stimulate new collagen growth, others remove damaged skin cells on the surface, and some combine both approaches. Most procedures last 1 to 2 hours including numbing time, depending on the number of treatment areas.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Painful?
We are careful to make sure you are comfortable during your laser skin resurfacing treatment. We have several options for anesthesia, including topical and local. It is normal to still feel some warmth, tingling, or the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Is Recovery Time Required After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a nonsurgical procedure, so you can return home immediately after. However, because your skin may be red and tender, many patients take a few days off from work to rest, relax, and heal. Avoid sun exposure, exercise, and swimming until your skin has completely healed. You will be given a complete list of post-treatment care instructions at your appointment.
How Long Do Laser Skin Resurfacing Results Last?
After treatment, your skin texture will continue to improve over the next several weeks. Results typically last for up to 1 year, and follow-up treatments can be scheduled as needed.
Ready to Learn More?
Our trusted med spa experts are ready to help you rejuvenate your skin and restore a beautiful glow. If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing treatments in Charleston, SC, please request a consultation or call